The exclusive tourist hotspot, Noosa, is shaken after an outbreak of violence, including a “sickly” street fight in which an unconscious man was brutally attacked.
- A 29-year-old Buderim man is in hospital with a facial fracture after the alleged assault
- Investigations are underway in a fight involving up to 15 people in the iconic Hastings St
- Officers were busy at the time as up to 100 teenagers stumbled through Noosa’s streets
Police in Noosa say they were kept “very busy” by groups of up to 100 teenagers “hitting” through the streets and a fight in which an unconscious man was trampled on the head several times.
Detectives said up to 15 people were involved in a fight outside a bar in Noosa around 2am today.
A 29-year-old Buderim man was knocked unconscious and another man repeatedly trampled on his head, police said, leaving him with serious facial injuries.
Senior Sergeant Craig Mansfield said that although there were no arrests yet, police suspect the men involved were locals from the Sunshine Coast.
“It’s the striking feature of the melee itself – a defenseless man lying on the road and his head being trampled on by another man on several occasions,” he said.
Police are dealing with roaming teens
The fight happened near Noosa Head’s local police bank office, but officers were not there at the time.
Instead, Detective Sergeant Mansfield said they were dealing with other assaults and reports of up to 100 teens “committing offenses”.
“Just furious through the streets, etc. in the area. So it was a very busy night for the police,” he said.
“We’re talking about under 17s, and this is not the first time this has happened in Noosa.”
The responsible CIB officer in the Sunshine Coast District urged partygoers to exercise more restraint on New Year’s Eve in Noosa.
He said the head trampling in fights seemed to be on the rise.
“I do not understand it myself.”
The senior detective said he had previously seen people killed by head trampling and that the 29-year-old man who was injured in Noosa was lucky to be alive and in a stable condition.
“How he has not suffered more serious injuries is beyond me,” he said.
Thursday afternoon, detectives waited to talk to the victim and gain a better understanding of what was happening.
Police have released a video of people they believe may have been involved in the fight on Hastings Street in Noosa Heads and have urged anyone who can identify them to come forward.
They are also looking for security and dashcam footage from the early hours of this morning.